Frago-Marasigan, Perlita, PhD

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Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of the Philippines Diliman


Perlita M. Frago-Marasigan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman. She has been teaching at the department since 1999. She was also former Deputy Director of the UP Third World Studies Center (TWSC) from May 2000 to May 2003, October 2012 to April 2013, and June 2013 to June 2014.

Professor Frago obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in 1991 and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the National College of Public Administration and Governance in 1999 from the same university where she teaches. From 2003 to 2006, she pursued her Doctor of Political Science degree at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies in Kobe University, Japan. Her dissertation is entitled “Environmental Politics and Discourse in the Philippines: The Clean Air Act of 1999.” This study examines the political dynamics between the state, environmental non-governmental organizations and media and the critical role of discourse in shaping the landmark environmental policy, the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

She has taught various subjects in political science, including Philippine government and politics, Philippine local and national administration, Philippine national and local administration, qualitative research, comparative politics and the politics of media. Her research interests include media studies, civil society and globalization studies, and environmental studies. She has been involved in various research and publication projects on the following themes: civil society and the globalization discourse, disaster management, local governance improvisations and human security issues in the case of super typhoon Yolanda.

Her publications include: “Media Activism: Bantay Kalikasan in the Passage of the Clean Air Act” and “Media and Philippine Politics.” Her forthcoming publication is entitled, “Ha Pagtindog han Bungto: Improvising Local Governance and the Actual Utilization of LDRRMFs in Yolanda-Ravaged Leyte and Eastern Samar.”